Veolia Environmental Services to
develop biodiesel project in France
Paris— Veolia Environmental Services announced
that it has been engaged to construct its first biodiesel production
plant in France. The facility will be located near Paris in the
region of Limay.
This project forms part of the second phase of
a program established by the French government to aide the development
of biofuel, and promote the use of renewable energies and assist
the fight against the greenhouse gases. This project, which is due
to commence in 2008, is an industrial project based on a strategically
The project consists of the establishment of a
manufacturing plant for the production of resource-recovered biodiesel
from used food oils that will be blended with virgin vegetable oils.
The plant will produce 60,000 tons of biodiesel.
It is envisaged that this new facility will be located near Paris
in the harbor zone of Limay Porcheville (78), near VES’ existing
resource recovery and treatment facility for hazardous wastes.
The location of the facility will allow for water
transportation of incoming materials and produced products and the
development of energy exchange synergies within Veolia due to the
facility being located in close proximity to existing VES SARP Industries
sites and the direct collection of used food oils from a dedicated
subsidiary of VES.
The estimated investment is approximately $28
million USD and the long term recruitment of around 20 employees.
Due to these new biofuels, Veolia will be able
to feed its fleet of waste collection and passenger transport vehicles
The French government decided to accelerate the
development of the production of the biocarburants by authorizing
the construction of 16 new production facilities in order to reach
a level of 5.75% usage by 2008.